Using Fabric and Zippers to Make Cards

Using Fabric and Zippers to Make Cards
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Hey there! Welcome to our Close to My Heart Technique Blog Hop! Seven of us are blogging about this month’s challenge: “using fabric on your layout or project” with Close to My Heart’s new textiles, which come in two sets of three fabrics each. Think of this blog hop as a big circle – you may start wherever you are and then simply follow the link at the end to the next blog post to see all of the colorful artwork using this technique.

If you are coming from Tabbi’s blog post, you are on the right track!

I have only used fabric in a card once before, and I wasn’t crazy about the way it turned out, so I was curious/nervous/excited and hopeful my project would turn out okay if I tried using fabric again. However, when using textiles designed to match the paper I’m using AND watching a couple of YouTube tutorials, I found the results kind of exciting! I am definitely going to use more fabric in my projects after trying these techniques used in the cards below.

These are the two cards I made with fabric for my sister-in-law (on the left) and my Grandma (on the right) for Mother’s Day.

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My favorite CTMH Paper Packet is the new Chantilly collection, so all of the Mother’s Day cards I made were created using this beautiful double-sided paper and coordinating card stock.

For the first card, which is actually the last card I made, I made a rosette cloth flower with Liquid Glass, a portion of the pink patterned fabric from Chantilly Textiles, and a sweet fabric badge button from the Chantilly Assortment set. I love how these paper colors come together! This may just be one of my favorite cards I’ve made, and it’s another card I designed from my head as I went along and made it. I’ll be adding pinking shears to my wish list so I can re-create this adorable zig-zag edge again.

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I’ve wanted to use my Fiskars lace edge punch with our new Hollyhock Zipper Lace because the pattern looked similar to me. I debuted it with this card and I like how the two similar patterns complement one another. The cute “You’re Sweet” sentiment came from the zip strip I cut from the top of the paper I used. There are several cute patterns and phrases on top of each of our Close to My Heart B&T Duos papers. To add a final touch, I placed a few Pink Glitter Gems on the card.blog-You're Sweet CTMH

I found inspiration in a card sketch featured in Make It from Your Heart® Volume 1 and made this card for my Grandma, who is VERY talented with all things fabric, yarn, string, embroidery floss and sewing thread. She can make ANYTHING from a custom designed real estate agent belt, to a cozy for my KitchenAid mixer, to tiny hand crocheted flowers, to an iPad tote bag, and custom patches for clothing. When I think of Grandma, I think of fabric, thread, yarn, computers (she’s very high-tech!) and creativity.

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This fabric card reminds me of an apron! Can you see it? When I attached the fabric with Liquid Glass, our incredible and powerful multi-tasking clear glue, it needed something to conceal the top. I had some leftover yellow zipper fragments from my zipper flowers and attached one to the fabric, but the adhesive showed through and looked ugly. Using a small piece of Chantilly paper, I covered the dingy glue on the zipper using some glue dots and my ATG tape gun.

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For the Mother’s Day sentiment, I used my Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the shape and stamped it with Outdoor Denim ink and a matching stamp from the Perfect Fit—Mom acrylic stamp set.

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I completed the card with some Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems and stick pins from the retired Bling Assortment collection.

Thank you for reading my blog post! Please continue on to Wendy’s blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the use of fabric on your layout or projects. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and… “happy hopping!”

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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